Black Holes & Time Warps: Einstein's Outrageous Legacy (Commonwealth Fund Book Program) Paperback – 2 May 1995
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This excellent mixture of history, science, and opinion introduces the reader to general relativity and its consequences, with emphasis on black holes. Little is omitted in discussing the concepts and personalities involved. Thorne's passion for the subject comes through in an accessible writing style rare among research scientists. "
A masterpiece of scientific writing for a lay audience. "
An accessible, deftly illustrated history of curved spacetime....a model of style, format and illustration. "
Readers seeking to go beyond today's headlines will not find a higher authority (or a better storyteller) to discuss the cosmos's most bizarre features.... Masterful and intriguing. --Marcia Bartusiak"
Deeply satisfying.... [An] engrossing blend of theory, history, and anecdote.
Among the best of [its] genre to appear in recent years.--Malcolm W. Browne
Superb. It is what many other books about their subject ought to have been and were not.... I think the book itself will be a strong force.--Carl Sagan
Black Holes & Time Warps reveals the scientific enterprise as very few books do; it richly overflows with history, modern physics, the excitement of discovery, and rare, firsthand scientific styles and temperaments. --Alan Lightman
About the Author
Kip Thorne is the Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics Emeritus at Caltech, an executive producer for Interstellar, and the author of books including the bestselling Black Holes and Time Warps. He lives in Pasadena, California. Stephen W. Hawking is a theoretical physicist and cosmologist. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a lifetime member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, and in 2009 was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States.
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A wonderful introduction to Cosmology told at least partly through the many physicists and astronomers that are behind current theories. It helps that the author, Mr Thorne, is one of the participants.
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The writer's depth of knowledge is reviled through his style of writing. He has the pen of a great physicist who dare to successfully popularize some of the most abstract theories of physics and transfer the reader to the magnificent eerie corners of reality which most people ignore. His easygoing style resembles a lot with that of Richard Feynman, one of the greatest physicist and teachers of the 20th century.
This book is a popularized tour through the history, the discoveries, the ideas and the multitude of scientists involved in the research on Black Holes. The first chapter begins with a futuristic expedition of a spaceship with scientists whose aim was the research and close approach study of Black Holes residing inside and far away from our galaxy. This sci-fi introduction is used to ignite the interest of the reader for the strange world and physics of the Black Holes and gives him courage for the long journey and the battles with the abstract ideas lying ahead. The mentality of this introduction is the same with the monumental ...Read more ›
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Its a great book. It's a long book. The intermingling of science with the scientists personal lives and ambitions across the globe makes it a much more animated read. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Jay
This book is truly amazing, a great introduction to ideas such as special relativity. Whilst some of the ideas may be a tad out of date the general picture painted by the book is... Read morePublished on 26 Nov. 2012 by Josh
One of my favourite books and also one of the most influential. I read this in my teens, about 12 years ago, in the same summer that I read Hawking's Brief History of Time. Read morePublished on 28 May 2012 by Edward A. Thomson
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